We want to ensure that every Small Group Leader is equipped to lead their group to make disciples of all nations. This can be a daunting task, but we're here to help. Below you will find resources related to small groups in general, teaching, leadership training and development, and community outreach. These are all provided to equip you to lead your small group for the glory of God.
General Small Group Resources
The items below are for potential Small Group Leaders to understand the expectations for being a part of our Small Group Network and to assist current leaders as they lead their Small Groups.
Small Groups are essential to accomplish the mission and vision of Jesus for His church. Jesus created a small group of twelve men as His primary method of disciple-making, and at Brook Hills, we encourage every individual to join or form a small group in order to continue being transformed into His image and to “glorify God by making disciples of all nations.” This involves showing the Word and teaching the Word within a small group and sharing the Word and serving the world as a small group – all of which are components of discipleship that Jesus practiced with the Twelve. Included below are documents that explain the vision, mission, and goal of Brook Hills with regard to Small Groups.
We walk with our leaders as they make disciples through small groups. That process of coaching and mentoring begins with a potential small group leader having an informal interview with a member of our Local Disciple-Making Team. During the interview, we will ask the questions found in the Small Group Leader Interview Questions document. There is no need to fill out this form in advance.
Any small group leader who leads a group that we promote or who meets on the Brook Hills campus is considered a deacon and must affirm the Deacon Expectations. We ask that you read and affirm these expectations not as a legalistic exercise but as your intention, by the grace of God given to you, to live according to the standard set forth for leaders in Scripture.
Making disciple-makers does not happen accidentally. It requires great intentionality. The Personal Disciple-Making Plan below is a tool to help believers think through how they can live purposefully, make disciples, and impact the nations for the glory of God.
In order to shepherd our Small Group Leaders, each Small Group Leader is assigned to an Elder who supports the Small Group Leader and who provides oversight, accountability, and encouragement to the Small Group Leader. Once a new small group starts, the Local Disciple-Making Team assigns the Small Group Leader to an Elder and communicates updates to the Elders. For more information about the Elder Structure at Brook Hills, click the link below.
For small groups that meet off-campus, we provide a childcare voucher to assist small groups by covering part of the expense of hiring a babysitter. Small Group Leaders who wish to obtain a reimbursement voucher for their small group to use may fill out the appropriate form below and submit it to Mary Cannon at The Church at Brook Hills.
When Brook Hills hosts an on-campus event where childcare is not provided, parents can submit an On-Campus Sponsored Event Childcare Voucher to Mary Cannon at The Church at Brook Hills to supplement the cost of hiring a baby sitter. All requests must be received within thirty days of the event in order to be reimbursed.
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This “toolbox” is an online interface that allows you to keep track of your group and communicate with your group as needed. It is a simple tool to use but you’ll need some instructions to get started. Download and walk through this tutorial and then call us if you have any questions.
Small groups who want to celebrate the birth of a child or have a time of dedication for small group members and their children can use the Celebration of Parenthood Guide as a resource.
Faith Family Worship Guides have been created to follow each sermon and to help families study the Bible, pray, and worship together, and they include tips for making family worship appropriate for children of different ages.
For families who want to reinforce in family worship what was heard in the sermon on Sunday, Faith Family Worship Guides can also be found in the resources within each sermon series. Click HERE to access the Sermon Resource Library then click on the appropriate sermon. The Faith Family Worship Guide is listed under “Materials.”
If you would like Faith Family Worship Guides to help your family read and study chronologically through the Bible, click HERE.
Included below is a PDF that explains the biblical basis for family worship as well as the benefits, and ideas for family worship.
At Brook Hills, the Adult Local Disciple-Making Team coordinates small group ministry and community outreach for college students and adults. Please let us know if you have any questions about small groups or community outreach.
- John Butterfield ~ Local Disciple-Making Pastor
- Dawn Stephens ~ Local Disciple-Making Associate Minister
- Ashley Chesnut ~ Local Disciple-Making Ministry Assistant
- Andrew Whitehead ~ Young Single Minister
- Staci Caldwell ~ Resource Coordinator
- Lee Sullens ~ College Minister
- Stephanie Fain ~ College Girls Coordinator
- Alison Davis ~ College Ministry Assistant
A key component of disciple-making is teaching the Word of Christ, which involves facilitating instruction, modeling an obedient life of abiding in Christ, and sharing wisdom in the context of biblical community. Included below are resources to help Small Group Leaders as they teach the Word to their small groups.
For first-time Small Group Leaders we provide the guide below containing ideas for what to do in the first small group gathering.
Small Group Guides give a small group common ground for discussing and investigating biblical truth regardless of the spiritual maturity or life stage of the people in the group. Based on the weekly sermons at Brook Hills, the discussion format of the Small Group Guides gives groups the opportunity to process the biblical content taught by the pastor on Sundays and to determine how they will apply the Word to their daily lives. We encourage small groups to use these guides, which are written weekly and posted online by 3:00pm each Sunday.
The Small Group Guide is listed with each sermon under “Materials." To access the Small Group Guides, click HERE.
We desire to equip believers to biblically address specific issues or areas of their lives by providing a safe place for teaching and for encouraging them towards growth in their relationship with God, healing in their relationships with others, and obedience in their living. We regularly host the following six workshops in order to move believers into biblical community and to equip them to live faithfully: DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, Financial Peace University, Marriage Prep 101, Single and Parenting, and Surrendering the Secret.
DivorceCare aids adults in their recovery from the pain of divorce through biblical teaching, encouragement, accountability, and community. For more information about DivorceCare at Brook Hills, click HERE.
DivorceCare for Kids
DivorceCare for Kids helps children to heal from the pain of divorce and provides a safe, fun place where they can learn to understand their feelings and God’s perspective on their situation, to express their emotions appropriately, and to develop life skills. For more information about DivorceCare for Kids at Brook Hills, click HERE.
Financial Peace University
By teaching biblical principles and financial management principles, Financial Peace equips people to steward their resources well so they can be used to advance the Kingdom. For more information about Financial Peace University at Brook Hills, click HERE.
Marriage Prep 101
Marriage Prep 101 is a small group for engaged or newly married couples of all ages who desire to prepare for and to develop a biblical and gospel-centered marriage. Visit this SITE to see if this small group is currently being offered.
Single and Parenting
Single and Parenting equips single parents to disciple their children and is also designed to facilitate community among single parents. For more information about Single and Parenting at Brook Hills, click HERE.
Surrendering the Secret
This eight-week workshop aids women in healing from the pain of an abortion. For more information about Surrendering the Secret at Brook Hills, click HERE.
While there is not one curriculum that includes all of the answers and best approaches to discipling others, curriculum can be a helpful tool to use as you teach the Word to those in your small group. New groups are encouraged to ensure that all members have a thorough understanding of the gospel, and the Lifeblood and Threads sermon series can be very helpful tools in that process.
In addition to the weekly Small Group Guide, below are other materials that we recommend for small groups to use as supplements as they teach the Word. If you would like to use curriculum not on this list, please discuss your thoughts with a member of our Adult Local Disciple-Making Team.
Brook Hills Curriculum
Devoting yourself to the word, to prayer, and to the fellowship of believers are key in abiding in Christ. Reading from the spiritual insight and wisdom of others in the universal body of Christ is also extremely helpful. We recommend these additional books for the author’s faithfulness to God’s Word and how they have strengthened our faith.
With literally billions of websites on the Internet from which to choose, who knows what is biblically accurate and Christ honoring? We’ve found that these sites are trustworthy for biblical teaching, godly wisdom, and preparation for teaching the word of Christ.
- Bible Gateway – biblegateway.com
- Blue Letter Bible – blueletterbible.com
- Christian Leadership Center - christianleadershipcenter.org
- ESV Study Bible Online – esvstudybible.org (must purchase)
- Preaching the Word - preachingtheword.com
This site provides free podcasts of different commentaries on the Old and New Testament.
Cultural and Theological Resources
Small Group Leader Library
We have library located on the second floor of the church with resources that Brook Hills members can use with their small groups. Resources include audio and video series, curriculum, Biblical commentaries, and devotional and topical books. A spreadsheet of available resources is provided in the guide below. All resources must be checked out by contacting Ashley Chesnut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Ministry Library
Brook Hills’ Women’s Ministry also has DVD, audio, and book studies that Brook Hills members can check out to use with their small groups. A list of available resources is provided below. All resources must be checked out by contacting Ashley Chesnut at email@example.com.
Leadership Training & Development
In order to equip our faith family to be disciple-makers, we provide the events and workshops listed below to aid them in sharing the Word, showing the Word, teaching the Word, and serving the world.
Formerly known as “Turbo Group,” the goal of this four-week class is to teach aspects of small group leadership for potential, new, and existing Small Group Leaders. BH Women also regularly offers a five-week EQUIP workshop, which provides an additional section on emotionally shepherding women in a small group. For information about the next EQUIP class, visit this PAGE.
Women's EQUIP Workshop
If you would like to be better equipped to disciple women and to lead a small group, BH Women will be hosting a five-week EQUIP workshop for women once a semester. During this workshop, we discuss how to practically make disciples, how to emotionally shepherd women, and how to address different learning styles and personalities when facilitating a small group. For more information about EQUIP, contact Dawn Stephens.
The most important "curriculum" you can use to lead a small group is God's Word. Curriculum is a great resource when used as a tool to help teach the Word, but we cannot rely on curriculum completely. It is critical that Small Group Leaders lead through diligent study, fresh discovery, and clear teaching of the Word. If you would like to be better equipped to teach the Word in the context of a small group, we offer this four-week workshop once a semester that provides both instruction on how to teach the Word as well as give people the opportunity to sharpen their ability by teaching the class. For more information about TEACH, contact Deric Thomas.
In order to train God’s people to fulfill God’s mission, we offer high quality biblical and theological training each fall and spring semester for the people in this local church. For class schedules and to register, visit this PAGE.
Held in January or February of each year, our annual Making Disciples Conference focuses on equipping small group leaders and potential small group leaders in our faith family to share the Word, show the Word, teach the Word, and serve the world.
2012 - Every Disciple a Disciple-Maker
2011 - Transformational Discipleship
2010 - Multiply
2009 - Following the Leader: The Essence of Disciple-Making
2008 - Effectively Making Disciples Through Small Groups
At the beginning of each fall semester, we host a Vision Night for our small group leaders in order to cast vision to Small Group Leaders and to update our leaders on any new emphasis or direction for the upcoming year.
2011 - Disciple Making and the Kingdom of God
2010 - When Helping Hurts: Making Disciples Cross-Culturally and in Impoverished Communities Without Hurting the Residents and Yourself
2009 - Local and Global Relational Disciple-Making
2008 - Things We've Learned After One Year of Small Group Ministry
Urban Ministry Training aids Small Groups and individuals with the knowledge to serve well in poverty-stricken areas. Participants will learn the biblical mandate for serving the poor as well as practical dos and don’ts for engaging urban culture. This hands-on training will assist participants in building disciple-making relationships with people in urban settings. For more information about Urban Ministry Training, contact Eric Parker.
We have designed training curriculum for our Young Singles Small Group Leaders, which they can teach in their first semester of small group. The curriculum includes the five elements of the biblical gospel, how to share the gospel, how to study the Word, how to teach the Word, and practical insights into disciple-making. The Appendix also includes handouts that can be printed and passed out to small groups, and downloading the curriculum below enables Small Group Leaders to print the handouts directly from their computer.Training workshops are regularly held for Young Singles Small Group Leaders. For more information, contact Linda Hall.
Community Outreach Resources
Just as Jesus went into the world and sent His disciples into the world to make disciples, we ask all Adult Small Groups to develop an intentional plan to relationally engage the culture with the gospel both locally and globally. We challenge believers to leverage the relationships that God has given them in their normal rhythms of life but also to engage those in need in our community, city, and country. While small groups may not be able to consistently serve together, we encourage small group leaders to mobilize their group to serve others in need and to relationally make disciples together.
Below are resources that can be used to aid you and your small group as you seek ways to serve in your community and in this city. For more information about community outreach, click HERE or contact Eric Parker.
The Church at Brook Hills requires a background check for everyone who works with minors. To return your background check, there are several options. You can mail it to The Church at Brook Hills or leave it at the reception desk Monday-Friday during business hours with attention to Jennifer Lusher or with a Local Disciple-Making Ministry staff member at the kiosk on Sundays.
If you or your small group are interested in serving, download the booklet below for a complete list of Brook Hills Initiatives and Local Partners in the community.
If you or your small group desires to serve locally but have questions about how to engage urban teens, the homeless, or even people in your own neighborhoods with the gospel, this Leader Resource List includes the names and emails of members of Brook Hills who are faithfully making disciples among the homeless, with people in our immediate community, with internationals, in neighborhoods, with those in prison, with senior citizens, with urban adults, with urban children, with urban churches, with urban teens, and through work relationships.
If you or your Small Group are serving those in need, this Community Resource Guide lists additional resources available for low-income residents in our community.